Former world No. 1 Andy Murray says he will need a full hip replacement some time in the future. The 32-year-old underwent a hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January, hoping to improve the quality of his life and prolong his career.
Murray made a winning return from the surgery six months later as he won the Queen's doubles title alongside Spain's Feliciano Lopez in June. The Briton tested his hip by playing doubles at five tournaments before returning to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters in August.
"There is always a risk in sport,” Murray told The Daily Mail. “The prosthesis that I have in there they say should last 20 or so years – then I would have a full hip replacement. “You can’t resurface your hip twice.
“The risk in playing is that it lasts less time than it would otherwise and I would need a hip replacement sooner. "And with playing sport at a high level, that risk is higher. “It might mean the operation or the prosthesis won’t last as long.
That is why doctors and stuff are cautious. "For surgeons and doctors, they don’t want to be the person who says, ‘Go back and do this, absolutely you’ll be fine’, then have it break after two years and there needs to be a full hip replacement."